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“MunkE’s Debut Track WILL Go Global,” Says Record Label @MunkEMusic

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LONDON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

 – “I’m A CEO” will soon be the most sung line since “Op op oppan gangnam Style”!

After months of being kept under wraps, the time has come for the world to experience the debut track from the much-talked-about DJ/Producer, MunkE. The brilliantly catchy new single ‘CEO’ features the awesome vocal talents of young London rapper, BarnB, and is the very first musical creation from cutting edge UK-based record label, MunkE Music. Last year’s internet sensation might have been Gangnam Style, but this time it’s MunkE with ‘CEO’. This incredibly edgy new track will be hitting our computers, tablets and smartphones from today, available to download from all good digital stores!

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The dapperly dressed DJ/Producer, MunkE, showcases his impressive DJing talents in ‘CEO’, scratching out some funky-fresh beats on the turntables to create an incredibly fun and lively track that just begs to be danced and sung along to. MunkE, whose true identity nobody knows, sports a swanky designer suit and statement headphones.

BarnB is set to be the next huge urban artist, rivalling the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder. He not only lends his superb rapping talents to the track, he is also the brains behind the lyrics, which are so catchy that after just one listen, we guarantee you won’t be able to get the words ‘I’m a CEO’ out of your head! The song is full of references to the ‘bling-est’ things in life, including Ferraris, chrome rims, diamond rings and shiny things.

The track’s brand new video stars, as well as MunkE and BarnB, a suave-looking guy (wannabe), who is seemingly revelling in all the luxuries that come with having the title of CEO – fast cars, sexy girls, sharp suits. It’s not until further into the video that we realise he’s actually been exaggerating his high status to impress the ladies (and is actually a chauffeur), when we see the real CEO getting into a rather snazzy Rolls Royce Phantom.

MunkE Music is the fresh and current new record label that is driving the music industry forward, working with only the most talented national and international artists to create globe-dominating hits. MunkE Music is in the extremely advantageous position of having the best production facilities, expertise and financial means to create top quality, chart-smashing records, across a wide range of genres, all with the input of MunkE himself!

MunkE will soon be touring the UK club scene, playing to hundreds and thousands of music fans across the country. You can keep up to date on MunkE’s tour by keeping an eye on his official website, or you can follow him on Facebook and Twitter. You can download CEO from all good digital stores including iTunes! Check out the fantastic video for CEO on YouTube right here!

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July 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

APC’s 192 Delegates from 12 Countries to be Drilled by 22 New Media Experts

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MANILA, Philippines, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The seventh annual Asian Publishing Convention (APC) commences today at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Manila with 192 delegates from 12 countries. The two-day regional magazine and online industry event for publishers, editors, freelancers and related industry professionals will be led by 22 new media experts through plenary and ‘action-learning’ bootcamp sessions.

Mr. Cyril Pereira, co-chair of APC 2013 observes that traditional print has little choice but to engage with the next generation of screen-fixated consumers. “The challenge of monetizing digital continues. Managing content smartly for multiple revenue streams is the new game. Packing content between covers and hawking it on newsstands every month has run its course.”

Concurrent with APC is the Asian Publishing Awards (APA). The awards, which cover magazine, book and online integration, received 171 entries from 31 media companies across 8 countries. The 50 winners of the GOLD and EXCELLENCE awards will be officially announced and awarded at the Gala Awards Dinner tomorrow, July 12, Friday, at the Mandarin Oriental, Manila.

The APC Content Marketplace is at Ballroom 1 of Mandarin Oriental, Manila. It facilitates publishers, editors, solution providers and freelancers to buy and sell content across borders. It features the Publishing Suite, Digi Center and the Freelance Cafe.

APC 2013 is organized by Exedra Events and presented in cooperation with Strategic Corporate Partner WoodWing. The Publishing Awards co-sponsor is Magzter. Official Industry Partners are Atex, MobStac, and Picsean Media.

As in previous years, APC continues to build on the network of over 30 partners and sponsors who cooperate to make the event happen. For a complete list, visit

Press Contact:
Rachel Fabon
Marketing and Media Coordinator
Tel: +63-2846-8339 / Email:

Source: Asian Publishing Convention 2013

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July 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

Largest Regional Study of Its Kind Reveals Key Insights into Impact on Quality of Life of Chronic Skin Conditions

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ —
In Asia, 65 per cent of the respondents feel that atopic dermatitis has a very large effect on their family’s quality of life
Almost half of the respondents spent over USD$300 on direct costs for atopic dermatitis treatments in past year
Two out of three (66.5 per cent) Asian respondents with acne feel embarrassed and self-conscious
Over 90 per cent of respondents with acne have tried at least 2 treatment products and 10 per cent have tried more than 10 products in the last 5 years
For the many affected by chronic skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and acne, the toll these conditions can take on them and their families is immeasurable. From managing unexpected flare ups to trying to conceal symptoms, skin disease can be an extensive source of physical, emotional and financial pain.
Two recent studies by Menarini Asia-Pacific were commissioned to gain in-depth understanding of the impact of atopic dermatitis and acne separately focusing on the quality of life, social behaviour and the associated financial costs on its sufferers and caregivers.
“The studies provide in-depth insights on the prevalence of skin conditions and its high impact on the quality of life. With the increase in the flare-ups of skin conditions each year due to air pollution and changing of lifestyle, there is an unmet need to heighten our work with healthcare professionals in this region to provide dermatological treatment solutions to help patients and their caregivers manage skin conditions and achieve better quality of life,” said Mr Brett Hayes, General Manager, Greater China, Menarini Asia-Pacific.
The Atopic Dermatitis Quality of Life study (Note 1) conducted with over 1000 mothers of children with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis spanned across 12 markets in Asia-Pacific region indicated over 65 per cent of respondents felt that atopic dermatitis had a very large impact on their quality of life.
Financially, the study also showed that 60 per cent of respondents incurred high expenditures at a median spend of USD$794 in the past year when all direct costs, medical visits and associated costs are considered in totality. At least 95 per cent of mothers have made at least one medical visit in the past year as a result. Approximately one in three mothers spend four hours a day or more caring for their child because of atopic dermatitis. More severely, 43 per cent of working mother respondents said they have lost more than 7 days at work because they need to take care of the children afflicted with atopic dermatitis.
Traditional treatment approach heavily relies on topical corticosteroids (steroid-based treatment), however, non-steroid treatments have been clinically proven to offer safe and effective symptomatic relief and control for atopic dermatitis in infants, children and adults. Clinical research has indicated that steroid-free treatments can achieve fast relief from itch in less than 3 minutes (Note 2) and 90 per cent of patients do not require steroid rescue medication (Note 2). Such treatments provide key physiologic lipids, powerful hydration, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant effects to calm the skin, repair and protect the skin barrier.
“Atopic dermatitis is a growing skin condition and one of the most common chronic illnesses of childhood. More than 50 per cent of patients will go on to develop asthma and allergic rhinitis if the disease is not managed properly,” said Professor Ellis Hon, Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
“Personalised, targeted treatment regimen is important for optimal and effective disease management. It is mandatory to perform a detail evaluation on important history and physical features critical for the diagnosis and to review trigger factors and past therapies. Conflicting recommendations of topical steroid use has a detrimental effect on patient outcomes,” Prof Hon continued. “There are non-steroid treatments available that can offer a good alternative as atopic dermatitis solutions especially for paediatric sufferers in this case.”
Menarini Asia-Pacific also conducted a separate survey on acne with over 1,000 Asians respondents, aged 18 to 35 years, in India, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, to gather insights on consumer understanding on the causes of acne, the impact of acne on consumer social behaviour and self-esteem and their attitudes towards acne treatment products.
The study showed that approximately 66 per cent of Asians indicated that they held back socially when they have acne, with 37 per cent of respondents demonstrating that they are only comfortable meeting with their close friends.(Note 3)
Acne can be emotionally and physically painful and sufferers want fast results. At least three in five respondents hope to see results within a week, while one in five respondents want to see results overnight.(Note 3) Approximately 90 per cent of respondents have tried at least two treatment products in the last five years; indicating that acne sufferers will try multiple products in search of a solution.
“Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting more than 460 million people in Asia, (Note 4) however, 52 per cent(Note 3)of respondents would choose not to see a dermatologist for help,” said Professor Giuseppe Micali, Dermatologic Clinic, University of Catania, Italy. Due to their sensitive skin type, selection and usage of skin care products for acne patients should be properly advised by consulted physicians. If patients are left free to choose their own treatments, the risk of compromising the ongoing prescription treatment is high and the likely onset of irritation, redness, dryness, and/or skin peeling should be seriously taken into consideration.” There are scientific evidences to suggest that certain dermocosmetic specifically formulated for acne-prone skin may enhance clinical outcome by improving on the treatment efficacy at the same time reducing associated side effects. With the product working on multiple root causes of acne, 85 per cent of dermatologists have found the product effective while 99 per cent of patients saw real improvement after only 6 weeks(Note 5)”.
“Atopic Dermatitis Quality of Life Study” Opinion survey 2011 conducted by Ipsos Healthcare and commissioned by Menarini Asia-Pacific.
Boguniewicz M. and al., MAS063DP is Effective Monotherapy for Mild to Moderate Atopic Dermatitis in Infants and Children: A Multicenter, Randomized, Vehicle-Controlled Study. J Pediatr. 2008;152:854-859.
Truthseeker survey, Ogilvy Health. 2013.
IMS Health Q12011, Primary Market Research.
Aulisa L et al. Nuove Prospettive in Terapia (Suppl. I). 2009; 3-7.
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About Menarini Asia-Pacific
Menarini is the world’s largest Italian biopharmaceutical company with a heritage of over 127 years, with nearly 17,000 employees in over 100 countries. Here in Asia-Pacific, Menarini is focused on becoming a leading provider of important research based healthcare brands from around the world to improve the lives of people in the region. Menarini Asia-Pacific operates across the entire commercial value chain, from regulatory approval and product launch to lifecycle management with a diverse portfolio comprising proprietary and partnered brands in key therapeutic fields, including Dermatology, Primary Care, Allergy/Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Oncology/Specialty Care, Men’s Health and Consumer Health.
For more information about Menarini Asia-Pacific, please visit
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Source: Menarini Asia-Pacific

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July 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

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Web Pioneer and Former CTO of Rakuten Shashinkan, Juergen Specht, Joins DocDoc as CTO

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Specht’s ambitious mission is to create a highly scaleable healthcare platform to serve 500 million people living in South East Asia.

SINGAPORE, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — DocDoc Pte. Ltd. ( the largest digital healthcare portal in Pan-Asia, announces the appointment of Juergen Specht to Chief Technology Officer based out of the company’s global headquarters in Boat Quay, Singapore.

From start-up to Fortune 500, from Berlin to Tokyo, Mr. Specht’s career has spanned numerous industries including travel, software, fashion, consulting, photography, ISP’s, advertising, mobile and now healthcare.

The technical accomplishments of Mr. Specht span decades. He is known as a visionary you can count on. Mr. Specht has led over 200 successful web and mobile launches since 1993. About 40.000 international companies use API’s developed by him. There are more than 70 million registered customers using the eCommerce platform he developed for Rakuten Ichiba, Japan.

“Juergen Specht is a tech-trailblazer with over two decades of web and mobile experience,” said Max-F. Scheichenost, President of DocDoc. “We’re excited to have him on board. Juergen has a remarkable track record anticipating market requirements and delivering online solutions that solve critical problems. He’s joining our company as CTO at just the right time to help us build a highly scaleable healthcare platform and technical infrastructure that will serve 500 million people living in South East Asia.”

DocDoc recently joined forces with DoctorPage to create a combined company ideally positioned to drive more patients to doctors, deliver a better experience for patients and enhance services for its doctors. DocDoc already dominates the Singapore market, has a substantive foothold in South Korea, and plans to expand operations into three new countries by end of 2013. This makes DocDoc the preeminent Internet destination for health-related information and medical appointments in Asia.

About DocDoc

Founded in 2012 with a vision to empower people to live better lives by transforming healthcare, DocDoc is a free user-friendly platform that enables patients to search and book appointments with preferred healthcare professionals in a few simple clicks. Using the website or the iOS mobile app, DocDoc provides patients with the most convenient, reliable and trusted platform to connect with doctors in Singapore and South Korea. More than 500,000 engaged users search for health-related information and healthcare services each month, making DocDoc the largest digital healthcare portal in Pan-Asia. DocDoc’s diverse leadership team includes Grace Park as CEO, Max-F. Scheichenost as President, Dr. Dawn Soo as Chief Operating Officer, Daniel Endres as Chief Information Officer and Jon Samsel as Chief Marketing Officer. DocDoc is funded by some of the tech world’s most respected investors, including Mr. Koh Boon Hwee (former Chairman of DBS bank, Singtel, and Singapore Airlines), 500 Startups (leading Silicon Valley VC led by Dave McClure, formerly with PayPal and Facebook) and Michael Brehm (Founder of Rebate Networks, Business Angel of DailyDeal which was acquired by Google, brands4friends acquired by eBay, and scoreloop acquired by RIM).

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July 12, 2013 at 9:54 am